July 1, 1942 (19th Parliament, 3rd Session)

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John Horne Blackmore

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Mr. J. H. BLACKMORE (Lethbridge):

Mr. Speaker, the members of the group that I have the honour of leading, and the great body of
people whom we represent in this chamber, will be happy to join with those who have expressed the noble and lofty sentiments to which we have just- listened. We love Canada, we love the British empire, the British commonwealth of nations, or association of nations, or whatever people choose to call it-that great body of British peoples and associated peoples who at this critical time are fighting for their existence as a unit and the right to continue to endeavour to lead the world.
I was thinking while the others were speaking how greatly disappointed the fathers of confederation must feel as they look down upon Canada from their high places and reflect upon how much unhappiness there is and has been in our country during the last twenty years. I was thinking that the finest resolution we could make here now, all of us together, would be that to the extent to which we are called upon so to do, we should consecrate our lives to the high task of making this nation what the fathers of confederation intended it should be-a great union of majestic states called provinces, each of which, while daughter in her mother's house, is mistress in her own; a union of states in which all enjoy equal opportunities. There is no reason why there should not be in Canada the greatest happiness. There is no reason why this nation should not in every sense become one of the greatest nations in the world. It is our task now to dedicate ourselves to the accomplishment of that worthy end, so that the people of all Canada Shall have justice, prosperity, peace and joy, and shall be foremost in the making of that brighter and better world to the threshold of which the great Creator has manifestly led us. This, sir, would be my sentiment on this occasion.

Topic:   THE CANADIAN CONFEDERATION
Subtopic:   SEVENTY-FIFTH NATIONAL ANNIVERSARY-CANADA AND THE WAR-ARMY WEEK
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